This reproduction sewing pattern was published during World War One (1914 - 1918) as a fund
raiser to benefit the American Red Cross relief effort. Proceeds from
the pattern purchases were donated to the Red Cross. Seamstresses were
encouraged to sew the dog (along with it's blanket with the red cross
appliqued onto it) to sell at local charity bazaars and popular jumble
sales, the monies raised from such events to be donated to the American
Red Cross, or towards the war effort.
The Red Cross dogs were trained to locate the injured and to remain with
them, barking to draw attention to the wounded on the battlefield.
This photo from World War One, shows a Red Cross dog in action.
This pattern was released in 1916 under the authority of the Red Cross. Used as a fund raising item for war bonds during World War 1, it was sewn by women through out Europe, and eventually the United States.
SUGGESTED MATERIALS : Cotton, Linen, Velvet, Woolens, Plush Fabrics, or Other Sturdy Goods.
DOG AS SHOWN:
32 Inch Wide Material Without Nap 1/2 Yard
14 Inch Wide Material For Blanket 1/8 Yard
3-1/4 Inch Square Material For Cross 1 Each